7 Dec 2016


It’s not every day you come across a person who can double as human sunshine whilst Managing the heck out of a venue like ours but Sophie Richards is one of a kind. She’s always got a smile on her face, and is willing to go out of her way to make your time here at The Gov an enjoyable one. Hardworking, hilarious and oh so very humble, she makes everyday feel like Christmas. Have a read below, and you’ll see why we love her.


Name: Soph

Position: Your friendly neighbourhood venue manager!

Why do you love The Gov? I’ve had countless conversations with artists about why this place is so magical. It’s a combination of the downright legends we call our staff, the layout of the venue and the incredible musical history within these walls all amalgamating into the phenomenon of Gov Love. The good vibes will penetrate your heart and there aint a thing you can do about it.

Favourite Gov memory: The number of times I’ve soaked in the glory of this building in the middle of a sweaty moshpit over the years, it’s impossible to have one favourite… The Misfits, Mariachi El Bronx, Graveyard Train, Dr. Piffle and the Burlap Band, Bonobo, Rodriguez, Canned Heat, Melvins, Blue King Brown, Brain Jonestown Massacre, Xavier Rudd, Charlie Musselwhite, Frenzal Rhomb, Deltron 3030… I could keep going. Secretly scheming an on-stage proposal with Horrorshow last month was dang fun too. I seriously love my job.

Recommended pub grub: The first time our marvellous head chef Adam handed me a cookie dough spring roll, my soul wept.

If you were an alcoholic beverage, what would you be? A big fat jug of Coopers dark ale on a dirty tray surrounded by hilariously named shots

What show are you most excited about and why? Early next year, we have Dinosaur Jr, Descendents and Explosions in the Sky all within a few weeks of each other. I’ll be turning into a quivering, gelatinous heap of anticipation soon.

Tell us a secret: the password is scat cat. I dare you to try it out.

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